Using the Dead to Inform the Living: Investing in Biological Collections

Yasmin S. Baksh-Comeau

Abstract


Biological collections preserved as dried or wet plant or animal specimens stored in herbaria or museum cup- boards, jars or display cabinets represent a snapshot of a particular moment in time which can tell a story or solve a problem. These seemingly dead specimens, if well maintained, serve as a valuable ‘biological clock’ linking the past with the present and the future.


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